Kathy Marshall grew up on the west side of Chicago singing the Blues, Gospel and Motown. She wrote her first song when she was 13 years old called “All I Want Is To Be A Woman”! She listened to all kinds of music growing up in the 70’s and 80’s (including women’s music on Olivia records) and was influenced by many great folk, pop and blues singers of those times but remained distinctive in her own way (she is an Aquarian.) She continued writing songs and playing them for friends and family never quite taking her music seriously until the year 2006 when she went to the Sisters Folk Festival Song Camp. She had an awakening of her creativity and music. Her 1976 Gibson J45 guitar (which she bought when she was 18 years old) had sat in the closet for about 5 years but quickly got a makeover and is very much loved and prized once again. Her songs are eclectic with some ballads, some blues, and some really esoteric tunes that just “kind of came out of nowhere!” Her songs sing of connection with life and death, the earth, the source, her tantric teacher, her four legged friends, and her unique view on life and love.
A Native American proverb says that the Great Spirit gave us each a song and it seems that Kathy got a little extra song than most. A friend and admirer have said about her music; “Kathy writes her own songs out of a strong, uniquely spiritual base and poignant real life experiences. She is a true sister of extraordinary talent. She will capture your heart with her ever-so-sweet compassionate and commanding presence. She will inspire you to search your soul and reconnect with the earth. With voice, guitar and gentle smile, Kathy will draw you in, hold you and rock you in her melodious embrace!”
Kathy co-owns Stillpoint Farm an organic farm, in Veneta, OR with her partner Gina Thomas. She loves having space around her and nature’s beauty: abundance of trees and wild life, goats, chickens, horses, dogs and cats. There is so much to be learned from nature and her songs show that.